Air date: 18/09/2011
Synopsis: Walt starts to feel the consequences of the way he treated Jesse. Skyler tries to help Ted pay his debt to the IRS, without compromising herself. But is it possible to trust someone with a history of corruption? Jesse, Gus and Mike travel to Mexico to seal the peace deal with the cartel. What are the plans? Who is telling the truth? And what price will it be necessary to pay?
From here on, heavy spoilers.
After three basically “preparatory” episodes, in which some of the situations placed in the beginning of the season were taken to a deeper level, in Salud the intensity and frenzy are once again the tone. The always subtle father/son relationship between Walt and Jesse is broken in the end of the previous chapter, and now Walt seeks support from his own son, in front of whom he finally verbalizes his feelings (although sustaining the gambling addiction façade). After sharing an important passage of his past, Walt hears from Walter Jr. one of the most subtly impacting sentences of the season. All the arc involving the two of them in Walt’s apartment is very beautiful and well led, something that hadn’t been explored frontally yet. Will Walt start reconnecting definitely to his family now, setting aside all his confusing multiple “priorities”? The subplot involving Skyler and her former boss and former lover Ted Beneke moves on: Sky comes up with a way to help Ted pay off his debt with the government without him knowing that she has money. On the contrary, he decides to spend the money in another way. The parts showing the two of them are just good, but they serve the purpose of allowing the rest of the story to develop at the right rhythm. Because while Walt tries to set his mind straight and Skyler tries to protect herself from the mistakes of her ex-boss, Jesse is in the eye of the hurricane, without having any idea of that. Even in the opening scene, we can notice how nervous he is. When confronted at the Mexican lab, the attitude he takes shows that, if on one hand he’s full of anger, on the other his anger manifests in a way quite similar to Walt’s. In the follow-up, he discovers that the deal with the cartel involves him staying in Mexiuco. At last, he discovers that everything was actually a plan by Gus, to kill all the high ranks of the cartel. In one episode, Jesse goes through a little bit of everything, a true rollercoaster ride, with some brilliant scenes. The questions that remain are: was the problem with the cartel really solved (or at least put on hold for the rest of the season)? And now, what will happen when Gus, Mike and Jesse get back to the USA?
Top character: Jesse. For the first time, I’m repeating a choice, but it could hardly go any other way. The only other character that came close to competing with Jesse in Salud was Gus, and not even close enough.
Best scene: also for the first time, a tie – on one hand, Walt’s heartfelt confessions to his son; on the other, the toast with the cartel. One for the subtlety and emotional impact; the other, for the restrained tension, the barely hidden mistrust. Two forms of merit in the directing of the episode.
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